Weis Center Kicks Off Spring Season with Performance by American Roots Ensemble

Weis Center Kicks Off Spring Season with Performance by American Roots Ensemble

American roots ensemble American Patchwork Quartet (APQ) will perform on Sunday, January 23 at 4 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Seating for the spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved. Masks are required.

As part of APQ’s residency, the Weis Center has produced a 30-minute video montage that showcases our community as a “melting pot” of America. Members of the campus community share brief commentary about their diverse backgrounds and family heritage. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to view the video from 3:20-3:50 p.m. in the Weis Center Auditorium. Doors to the venue open at 3 p.m.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by John and Julianna Cooper and family.

This engagement of American Patchwork Quartet is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

American Patchwork Quartet draws on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight the country’s immigrant roots.

Grammy-nominated vocalist Falu Shah, Grammy-winning guitarist/vocalist Clay Ross, three-time Grammy-winning drummer Clarence Penn and highly acclaimed bassist Yasushi Nakamura showcase the dynamic diversity of contemporary culture by reimagining timeless songs from America’s past.

The group showcases America’s dynamic presence by combining the diverse talents of four U.S. citizens, each with a unique cultural background. With this quartet, old songs are made new through creative arrangements that highlight the exceptional and well-honed skills of each member.

APQ performances strive to counter pervasive prejudices around the issues of race and immigration. In order to help strengthen the country’s social fabric, APQ wants its audiences to reflect on the notion that Americans must acknowledge the differences to discover the commonalities. The realities of racism and prejudice must be recognized in order to build authentic and lasting bonds across cultures and color lines. While individuals may not be responsible for the country’s past, they are accountable for its future.

Tickets

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, FREE for Bucknell employees and retirees, FREE for Bucknell students and $10 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Seating for the spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Season Brochure

The season brochure is available as an eco-friendly, downloadable and printable PDF and online flipbook at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

A limited number of hardcopies are available upon request. To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or e-mail [email protected] and one will be mailed at no cost.

Air Play Returns to Weis Center with Contemporary Cirque Performance Ideal for Ages 4-104

Circus and science collide in a gorgeous homage to the power of air. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and a huge snow globe will make audience members gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. Acrobuffos’ Air Play returns to the Weis Center on Friday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Auditorium. Masks are required.

The performance is 55 minutes in length with no intermission and is ideal for ages 4-104.

The performance was conceived and created by Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone with air sculptures in collaboration with Daniel Wurtzel. Directed by West Hyler.

Please note that fog and strobe lighting are used during the show. Latex balloons are used onstage and in the audience. Performers enter the audience several times during the show and performers bring audience members on stage.

Air Play is a visual poem using no words. It lives on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater.

The New York Times says that Seth and Christina are, “Making magic out of thin air.”

To audiences around the world the wonder and discovery of Air Play are bold reminders of childhood and growing up. With visual images seemingly sewn from the sky, Air Play\’s poetic ode to friendship brings to life the very air we breathe.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Gary and Sandy Sojka and the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Acrobuffos is made up of Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, who are the creators, writers, and performers of Air Play. Seth and Christina met at a circus in Afghanistan, became engaged while street performing in Scotland, married in China, and occasionally go home to New York City. Specializing in non-verbal physical theater and comedy, Seth and Christina have created seven shows together, competed in international circus festivals, performed in over 28 countries, headlined at the Big Apple Circus, and were even featured on a postage stamp. More info about their work can be found at acrobuffos.com.

Sydney Morning Herald says, “Fun for all ages is a common puff in the arts, but with Air Play it’s strictly true. From the minute the curtain goes up on this buoyant fusion of wordless clowning and aerial spectacle, you feel as if you’ve stepped into an enchanted world somewhere between childhood and what comes afterwards, where normal rules (gravity included) have been temporarily held at bay… A joy from start to finish, Air Play will entrance children, and will act as a great reset button for stressed adults.”

Hartford Courant says, “You feel you’re witnessing divine natural occurrences rather than carefully devised circus stunts.”

TICKETS

Tickets are $20 for adults: $20, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $10 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Seating for the fall 2021 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

This October, Welcome Back to the Pajama Factory

Join us Friday, October 1st from 6 to 9 pm for The Pajama Factory’s Open Studio event and discover our creative community. It has been over a year and a half since The Pajama Factory has welcomed the community into our studios, join us in seeing what we’ve been up to, what new tenants have joined our community and maybe even, for some of you, visit us for the first time. We will be opening our doors and sharing what we’ve been up to, and we\’d love to see you there!

Starting at 6pm, Factory Works Photo Lab, in studio 9-206, will be promoting its upcoming fall classes and workshops, including a caffenol printing workshop, using instant coffee and other household items to make silver gelatin prints in the darkroom. People interested in signing up will be able to do so by prepaying with cash, a check or credit card. While you’re there – be sure to visit Marsha Turner Pluhar, in studio 9-203, who’ll welcome the public to visit her studio for an open house and Lynne M Becker, studio in 9-207, who will be holding an open house highlighting her encaustic paintings, written word, and alternative photographic processes. Down the hall in Building 10, Gallery 1307 will be showing a selection of the large scale paintings by area narrative artist Joanne Landis. Additionally, Factory Works Clay Studio, in studio 10-226, will be hosting an open house highlighting their programming, facilities and the work of their members.

These are just a small selection of the 20 plus studios that will be opening their doors to the community, welcoming you to visit, or revisit, ours. “This year’s October First Friday at the Pajama Factory is an opportunity to for the public to revisit the Pajama Factory and see what we’ve been up to,” said Event Committee member, Brian Spies. “We can’t wait to have you see how our community continues to grow and thrive, and to see all the changes that have occurred while you’ve been away. Ultimately, we want to say Welcome Back!” There is so much to see and do, so visit us and experience our Creative Community first hand. And as we say around here: Dream it. See it. Do it. … at the Factory. A list of all participating studios follows:

Will Goddard, Studio 9-201, will be showing his candles / rocks / clocks / steampunk lamps / carvings.

Marsha Turner-Pluhar, Studio 9-203, will welcome the public to visit her studio for an open house.

Keeley Kelch – Keeley Loy Photography, Studio 9-205, will be promoting her photography.

David Becker, Studio 9-209, is having a fall art sale! It includes various ceramic works and prints of graphite drawings and paintings at 50% off the regular price for that night only!

Lynne M Becker, Studio 9-207, will be highlighting her photography, alternative photographic processes, encaustic painting, non-fiction writer – life events, stories of caregiver/dementia and stories of the joy of their lives + others, and 1 on 1 encaustic painting workshops.

Abdul Malik Walker, Studio 9-210s, provides First Aid CPR Training.

Sarah Neubold, Studio 7-245, creates mixed media artwork, and offers a variety of artmaking classes for all ages.

Todd Rice, Studio 7-243, will be open to the public, sharing his paintings and sculptural creations.

Paul Clacher: Coloring Your World, Studio 7-250, will be showing his watercolor & colored pencil paintings.

Gallery 1307 will be showing a selection of the large scale paintings by area narrative artist Joanne Landis as well as having solo guitar tunes from Lori Smith.

Chad Andrews: Studio Paper+, Studio 10-230, will be selling cards and prints.

Janet Sherman, Studio 10-221, will have her jewelry and mixed media work on view.

Markeisha Valentine, Studio 9-322, will be promoting her beauty services.

Courtney Fowler, Studio 9-338, will be selling her resin, wreaths, mixed media, polymer clay, and various crafts, as well as accepting commissions.

Leslie James, Studio 7-330, will be selling Fine art and hand sewn purses and totes.

Francesca Neville, Studio 7-306, will be selling vintage clothing and accessories.

Chris Basham, Studio 7-312E, will be highlighting his Web design, development, marketing, search engine optimization, and accessibility.

Jordan DeArment, Studio 7-407, will be highlighting his original artwork, prints, cards.

Pasta by Deb, Studio 6-111, will be selling her homemade pasta.

The White Knight’s Game Room and Erik’s Edibles on the first floor of Buildings 5 & 6 will be open and showcasing their wares, their regular Friday gaming schedule will be occurring as well.

Factory Works Photo Lab, Studio 9-206, will be promoting their upcoming fall classes and workshops including a caffenol printing workshop, using instant coffee and other household items to make photographic prints in the darkroom. People interested in signing up will be able to do so by prepaying with cash, check or credit card.

Factory Works Clay Studio, Studio 10-226, will be hosting an open house highlighting their programming, facilities and the work of their members.

The Williamsport Community Woodshop, at the south end of the courtyard, will be highlighting its programing and work created by its members.

From 8 to 10 pm there will be a PJ Factory Jam in the Community Room from 8pm -10 pm. The house band will include Lori Smith, Jerome Bennett and other local musicians. Musicians of all ages are encouraged and welcome to rotate in to jam.
The Pajama Factory is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. The event will take place Friday, October 1st from 6pm to 9pm. Free admission. In keeping with current CDC and Pennsylvania Health Department guidance, masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors and when unable to maintain safe social distance while outdoors. For more information about the Pajama Factory, please visit www.pajamafactory.net or email [email protected]

About the Pajama Factory:
The Pajama Factory is a community of artists, entrepreneurs, and local businesses who come together to build off of each other\’s strengths and dreams in order to create something bigger than themselves. The Pajama Factory is a proud member of the Williamsport Business Association and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. To learn more, please visit www.pajamafactory.net.

Contemporary Indigenous Dance Comes to Weis Center, Performance Inspired by Sky and Star Stories and Features Six Dancers and Live Music

Canadian-based Red Sky Performance will perform their work “Trace” on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

There will be a pre-performance talk with Red Sky Performance’s Artistic Director Sandra Laronde on the same day as the performance, from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. Masks are required.

Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), the group is currently in their 21st year of dance, theater, music and media.

While at the Weis Center, Red Sky Performance will present the work, “Trace” which is 60 minutes in length, without an intermission and features six dancers: Sarah Di Iorio, Miyeko Ferguson, Lindsay Harpham, Tyler Layton-Olson, Jessica Mak and Connor Mitton and three live musicians: Rick Sacks, Ian De Souza and Nadene Pita.

Members of the company have said about the piece, “We are traceable to the very beginnings of the universe, our ancestral origins stretching across the Milky Way to the atoms burning inside of us in the ‘here and now’ on Earth.”

Laronde says that “Trace” is a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Indigenous (Anishinaabe) sky and star stories, offering a glimpse into our origin as well as our future evolution.

“Trace” has won two Dora Mavor Moore awards, presented annually by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, which honors theater, dance and opera productions in Toronto.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by PPL Foundation, Evangelical Community Hospital, and the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT RED SKY PERFORMANCE

Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.

Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), they are currently in their 21st year of dance, theatre, music, and media. Red Sky’s mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. They create, produce, and tour original work to expand the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance.

They are dedicated to working with emerging and established artists as they hone their artistic practice, particularly through an Indigenous lens, offering unique opportunities for these practitioners to thrive creatively and professionally.

Touring since 2003, Red Sky has delivered over 2,778 performances across Canada including 198 international performances in 17 countries on four continents, including landmark events such as at two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), World Expo in Shanghai, Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow. At the same time, they have remained deeply rooted and invested on a grassroots level and regularly perform in urban, rural and reserve communities across Turtle Island.

Red Sky is the recipient of 16 Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, three International Youth Drama Awards from Shenzhen, China, and the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.

TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors 62+, $15 for Youth 18 and under, $15 Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15, $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Special rate for youth dancers: The Weis Center is offering a special $10 rate for youth under 18 who are taking dance classes at local dance studios. The code RedSkyDance21 (not case sensitive) should be entered as the Coupon Code at checkout on Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice to access the $10 rate for the student AND the accompanying parent or guardian (adult or senior 62+).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Seating for the fall 2021 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum recently partnered with United in Recovery, part of Columbia Montour United Way, to bring “Hidden in Plain Sight” Temporary Exhibit to Bloomsburg

\”Hiding in Plain Sight\” is an exhibit, meant for parents and caregivers, that simulates a teen\’s bedroom in which parents learn to identify objects that could provide critical insights about risky behavior. Amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies, and personal care products are items that can signal that a young person could be involved in risky, harmful, or even illegal activity. Visitors will have an opportunity to interact with the items on display.

Olivia Oden, Stigma Reduction & Education Coordinator for United in Recovery explains the importance of this exhibit.

\”The \’problem\’ that our Hiding In Plain Sight exhibit addresses is substance use among young adults. Within the \’teen’s bedroom\’ that is set up, there are many places where one may hide illicit substances. Our exhibit strives to make parents and caregivers aware of not only where these hiding places are, but also of what challenges a teen may face when they use these illicit substances. We also provide resources and information for the family to take with them if interested, and the hands-on experience is a conversation starter for many individuals. This simulation is not meant to scare families and loved ones but be a conduit to have an open conversation on safety and prevention concerning illicit substance use among youth. \”

The exhibit is currently open and runs through September 18th. Visitors can view the exhibit by entering a separate program space adjacent to the Museum\’s exhibit galleries. The exhibit is open during regular Museum hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information about United in Recovery please visit https://cmcuw.org/unitedinrecovery

For more information about the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org

Music and Dance from Bali Comes to the Weis Center in Free Performance, Lecture/Demo Precedes Performance

Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali will perform on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance is free, but tickets are required by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

There will be a pre-performance lecture and demonstration on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium facilitated by Music Professor Bethany Collier.

The performance is sponsored in part by the Candland family, Remembering Mary Candland. It is co-sponsored by Bucknell University’s Department of Music in partnership with the Bucknell University Gamelan Ensemble. This engagement of Çudamani is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT CUDAMANI
Hailed as one of Bali’s most forward-thinking music and dance ensembles, Çudamani is known for its exceptional creativity and superb artistry and also the performers’ unflagging love for the classical Balinese traditions.

Nurtured and trained in the village of Pengosekan, the group is among Bali’s most respected and accomplished. One of its many singular features is that its artists are multi-disciplinary, mastering gamelan, dance, voice and visual art, resulting in artistically unified presentations.

This 20-member ensemble weaves layers of intricate sound: the punctuation of deep, great bronze gongs; charismatic leadership from the drums; stunning interlocking percussion from the bronze gangsa, and the finely-elaborated delicacy of voice and flute.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
While at the Weis Center, Cudamani will present a program called “WATER-TIRTA.”

The Balinese have myriad of ways of understanding and relating to water. The Balinese conceptualize their physical world in terms of the high mountain (the place of Bali’s the most sacred temple) and low ocean and the Balinese dedicate themselves to protecting the life-giving cycle of water. They call their form of Hinduism AGAMA TIRTA or “The Religion of Holy Water.” Water not only makes things grow, it is a medium for spiritual regeneration. All places of worship from the enormous temples to corners of the humblest of homes requires purification with water – ceremonies, offerings, and receiving the blessings of holy water.

As a centerpiece for this tour “WATER-TIRTA” Dewa Berata (Director of Cudamani) will showcase his personal and family history of painting. Dewa has explored how digital drawing/painting brings new possibilities to his work. For WATER~TIRTA he will create digital time-lapse story painting which will be projected behind the gamelan orchestra. Original music will be composed by Dewa and his younger brother Dewa Rai.

The audience will be taken on a journey as water falls from the sky to the highest and most sacred mountain in Bali – bathing the temples and replenishing the sacred springs. Water is central to prayer, to rice cultivation, to social ties, to health and well-being of all living things. For the Balinese the water cycle is the story of life on this island in the sea. Even at death, one of the most important ceremonies for the Balinese ends as ashes are released on the shore.

TICKETS
Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Seating for the fall 2021 season is general admission and specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For the 2021–22 season, all seating will be socially distanced and general admission. Specific seats cannot be selected.

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.